Saturday, December 13, 2008

150 rides replaced this year

I've been too busy to find time to crow about it, but on Thursday I reached my year's goal of replacing 150 commutes by working at home or riding my bike. 

I usually just say 150 bike rides, but I count days worked at home, because I want to do more of that and don't want to create a disincentive there. But there were less than ten of those. It's mostly bike riding. :) 

You might ask me what I attribute my success to. And I would tell you that's there's one thing, more than any other, that you can do to make it possible to keep after the biking thing, day after day, rain or shine. And that thing is, live 2.4 miles from work.

Yes sir, if you can just manage to live only 2.4 miles from work, then I can tell you from personal experience, that you can stick with a serious biking program. :) 

Frankly, I'm so close, I'm not sure there are any health benefits to speak of to this program. I can get to work in 20 minutes. I have to really hoof it to break a sweat anymore. :) 

Nonetheless, I'm darn happy with this year's biking. That's a big proportion of my workdays. Next year I expect to do even more. I'd kind of like to go down to one car, but it's hard to be able to cope with family situations and not have another car available. It's worth thinking about though. My car is in pretty sad shape. :) 


  1. So if the potential number of replaced rides is 232, replaced 68% of them and 720 miles.

  2. That's really great. And I'd guess that at least part of why the ride is no challenge is that your body is pretty well adapted to it.

    I've really been enjoying living in close proximity to work, school and Tukong, although I still drive most days because of the midday need to get to the martial arts class. When I was trying out some biking routes to work, I was surprised to find that I could get home about as fast on bike as in the car (~12 minutes either way).